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Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 200 dead in Sinai Peninsula

Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 200 dead in Sinai Peninsula

At least 235 people were killed as militants bombed a mosque in Egypt's north Sinai region on Friday. It also said that 120 people were wounded in the attack.

According to incoming reports, the terrorists first set off an explosive device among the worshippers and then opened fire on them.

"We will respond with brute force, we will face those takfiris, we declare three days of mourning", said President Al-Sisi.

"What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the bad criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region", Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said.

The attack was unusual in several ways for Egypt, said Kamran Bokhari, senior analyst at George Washington University's Program on Extremism: the high casualty toll, targeting a mosque and its level of sophistication. ISIS militants have in the past claimed responsibility for attacks in the area.

Egypt has for years been battling an armed movement in the rugged and thinly populated Sinai Peninsula, which has gained pace since the military overthrew democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013.

In October 2015, 224 people were killed when a bomb brought down a Russian passenger jet that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula. The mosque attack, however, marks a major escalation in the conflict.

Leaders around the world condemned the mosque attack.

In a unusual response to this ruthless attack on Muslims, President Donald Trump advocated for his ban on U.S.travel from several majority Muslim nations, which has stalled in the courts, as well as his proposed wall on the American-Mexican border.

The Sinai branch is one of Islamic State's surviving branches following the collapse of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq after military defeats by USA -backed forces. "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act", he tweeted.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May: Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani tweeted: "Heartbreaking loss of life in the cowardly massacre that took place in Egypt. Acts of barbarism and hatred in the name of God are acts against God himself".

"What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the awful criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region".